Supervisor To Applicant: You’re Not Hired Because You’re ‘Black And Overweight’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A Fort Lauderdale company that hires crews for yachts is facing damages after an employee accidentally sent an email to an applicant saying she wasn’t hired because she’s black and overweight.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Broward County says Luxury Yacht Group must pay Diane Melton almost $200,000 in damages and fees.

The employee who interviewed Melton recommended her for hiring. But supervisor Marcy Laturno wrote in an email that she accidentally sent to Melton that she shouldn’t be hired because she is black and overweight.

“I do think she would do a good job. However, I am not sure she portrays the image we are looking for here,” Laturno wrote in the email, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “I am also a bit worried abut [sic] the discrimination issues the boats have. … As she is black and over weight, these are two issue boats do not employ for. … [T]he majority not being US flagged they can discriminate.” She added that the email should be deleted.

Company owner Rupert Connor said his business is being treated unfairly. He says he hires people of all backgrounds.

“It was wrong,” Connor told the Sun-Sentinel. “It was dumb. It was written by a human being with no malicious intent. … I’ve been condemned on the email of one employee who has no hiring authority.”

Laturno now works for Connor in France.

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